First Year BBAs, Class of 2026: Registration Information for Winter 2023

Winter Schedule

Degree Requirements and Planning

Winter Schedule

Q. When do I register for Winter 2023 courses?

A. The University assigns registration appointment times for undergraduate students between November 17 and December 5. The times are determined by the credits completed and then are randomly assigned. You can view your assigned time on Wolverine Access starting November 7.

Q. How do I register for Winter 2023 courses?

A. If your home school is Ross: You will be automatically enrolled into BA 100 for the Winter term but you will be able to enroll yourself into a BCOM 250 section of your choosing when your registration appointment time opens.

If your home school is currently outside of Ross: The Ross Registrar’s Office will grant you permission to be able to register for BA 100 for the Winter term.  A member of the Ross Registrar’s Office staff will send you a notification when your permission is granted.  You will then need to go on Wolverine Access to add these classes to your schedule for the Winter term when your registration appointment time opens.  You will be able to enroll yourself into a BCOM 250 section of your choosing when your registration appointment time opens.

Q. When can I start backpacking Winter 2023 courses?

A. Beginning November 7, you can add classes to your “Backpack” in Wolverine Access, just as you may remember doing at orientation this past summer.  Backpacking courses allows you to quickly add those classes all at once when your registration appointment time opens.  However, be aware that backpacking does not reserve a seat for you in the class – it is simply a way to put the course in your “shopping cart” so that you can “check-out” quickly.  If a class in your backpack is full when your registration time opens, you may waitlist yourself, and/or select an alternate open class at that time.

Degree Requirements and Planning

Q. What are the academic requirements I’m expected to complete in my first year?

A. First Year students must meet the following requirements:

  • Pass the following three courses, each with a grade of C- or better, by the end of their first Winter term:
    • A Sweetland-approved LSA First-Year Writing course
    • Economics 101 (including transfer credit, IB, or A-level test credit for this course; note that AP credit does not transfer)
    • Calculus I, II, or III (including transfer credit, AP, IB, or A-level test credit for this course)

​​Note: Ross aligns with LSA’s test credit equivalencies for Ross First Year requirements.  Students who officially become Ross students at the start of their Sophomore year follow the test credit equivalencies for their home school. For more information on advanced standing credit, and the scores needed for such credit:

You may use ECON 401 to meet the ECON 101 requirement.  If pursuing this option, ECON 401 must be passed with a grade of C or better by the end of your first Winter term.

  • Successfully pass the following two core courses at the Ross School of Business by the end of their first Winter term: BA 100, BCOM 250.
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12.0 credits or more at UM-Ann Arbor during each Fall and Winter term.
  • Maintain “Good Academic Standing” at Ross with a term and cumulative grade point average of 2.500 or higher at UM-Ann Arbor. 

First Year students are also expected to meet the following programmatic requirements during their first year at UM:

  • Meet regularly with your Ross academic advisor and participate in mandatory academic support activities as requested by your Ross academic advisor
  • Inform your Ross academic advisor and Ross Undergraduate Admissions if you have been accused of or engaged in a form of academic dishonesty, behavioral misconduct, a policy violation (to include on- and off-campus), and/or criminal activity (to include pending and convicted cases) upon matriculation (e.g., over the summer) and while a student at the University of Michigan.

Q. How can I find out more about the BBA curriculum and course selection?

A. During your first year, you will take a broad range of courses.  Below is some general information and answers to common questions regarding Ross program requirements.  For more detailed information, please visit the BBA curriculum page.  Ross academic advisors are another great resource for answering curriculum and course planning questions.

Q. Which business courses can I take during my first year?

A. BCOM 250 and BA 100 are the only mandatory business courses students take in their first year.  The only other business course opportunity for first year students is through a Ross Study Abroad program.  If you are interested, please review the information on the following website:….

Q. What kind of courses should I look at completing my first year?

A. Aside from the mandatory First Year requirements, it is suggested that you take courses counting toward your distribution or that help prepare you for future business coursework (such as ECON 102).  

Another suggestion would be coursework that may lead to a possible minor or other area of interest.  Your advisor can assist you with this.

Your first year at Michigan provides you with a great chance to explore different academic interests.  Speak with your academic advisor(s) about the wealth of opportunities offered at Michigan while helping to ensure that you are maintaining a balanced schedule.

Q. What are the Ross distribution requirements?

A. Ross students must complete three of the four areas listed in the chart below.  We adhere to the same distribution course list as LSA so you should utilize their online list ( to find courses that fulfill the categories below:

Complete 3 of the 4 Areas Below
Foreign Language – 4th term proficiency
Humanities – 9 credit hours
Social Science (excluding Econ 101 & 102) – 9 credit hours
Natural Science and/or Mathematical and Symbolic Analysis – 9 credit hours

Q. I still have questions, is there someone I can talk to?

A. If you have questions regarding course selection or degree requirements, please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor through our academic advising appointment system.  You can also meet with an academic advisor virtually during Academic Advising Drop-in hours Monday-Friday from 2-3:30 p.m. for quick advising questions or urgent issues.  Check iMpact for more information on how to join the drop-in advising queue.

You can also schedule a Peer Academic Advising appointment to meet with one of the Ross Academic Peer Advisors or visit them during their drop-in hours (days and times vary – check iMpact for current information).

For assistance with forms and letter requests, permissions, registration troubleshooting, and other processes, please contact the Ross Registrar’s Office by phone (734-647-4933) or email (